Volleyball News

A busy week took place last week in Elphin Community College with the start of campaigns for the Under 16 Boys and Girls teams and the school also had four 1st year boys teams competing in a national Mini Volleyball Blitz in Loughrea.

1st Year Mini Volleyball

This is a new initiative by the Volleyball Association of Ireland to start the season for 1st Years with a Mini Volleyball competition and it certainly worked. There were schools from Galway, Dublin, Roscommon and Clare in Loughrea last Wednesday. A very enjoyable day was had by all students who learned a lot from the experience.

Teams as follows: Team A – L. Kearns, G. Conlon, C. McCarthy, S. Harrington, E. Nugent. Team B – J. O’Connor, J. Mulvey, J. Hanson, S. Cregg, M. Sherin, A. Cassidy. Team C – D. Scott, L. Flanagan, A. Kielty, C. Durr, E. O’Connor, R. Noone. Team D – J. Beirne, D. Callaghan, C. Elliot Oates, A. McDonagh, D. Scott, D. Meehan.


Cadette Girls Volleyball

Our cadette girls team opened up their season with a trip to nearby Strokestown to take on 2 teams from Scoil Mhuire in the 1st round of matches. In the first set the Elphin girls started nervously and lost narrowly 23-25. A much improved performance in the 2nd set reversed the score to 25-23. In the final set to 15 points Elphin were. In command for most of the match closing out the match 15-12.

The second match was better controlled by the Elphin CC outfit and they won both sets convincingly on a shoreline of 25-16, 25-17.


Team as follows: Rachel Gormley, Karina Kelly, Sinead Flanagan, Katie Mollahan, Jenny Walsh O’Hara, Ciara Nolan, Aisling Ryan, Kate Muldowney, Chloe Higgins, Binta Traboue.


Cadet Boys Volleyball

Elphin Community College has 2 teams entered in this years competition and the Cadet A team travelled to Drum Community Centre in Athlone to take on last years Cadet A winners Drumshanbo VS, St. Flannan’s Secondary school Ennis who contain 5 members from the national volleyball squad and  Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan.

In a very tough opening round of matches Elphin acquitted themselves well after a slow, nervous and error ridden start.

 Elphin CC vs Drumshanbo VS: 12-25, 13-25

Facing the reigning champions is difficult way to start your first match but compound that with a number of basic errors particularly from the service line and it was clear that this match was only going to have one result.


Elphin CC vs Coláiste Chathail Naofa: 25-13, 25-6

After a very disappointing performance in the opening match, Elphin now faced an unknown opponent in Dungarvan who were the winners of the Cadet B competition last year.

Elphin were much better in this match with their serving much improved and the ball to the setter and to the hitters much more controlled. Overall a very good performance against an inexperienced side at this level showed as Elphin ran out easy winners.


Elphin CC. Vs St. Flannans 14-25, 25-20, 9-15.

St Flannans are one of the top performing teams in the country at the moment and after beating Drumshanbo in straight sets 25-15, 25-21 Elphin knew this would be a very challenging encounter. Elphin held their own against a strong hitting Clare team in the opening exchanges but gradually St. Flannan’s hit the form they had showed earlier easily winning the first set 25-14.

Elphin were not playing badly but they were not putting their opponents under any real pressure and that allowed the Clare outfit to dominate in the opening set. In the second set the team were instructed to improve on a few aspects of their game which they duly did. A tremendous effort by the Roscommon side seen them open up a 16-7 lead at one stage before St. Flannans gradually clawed themselves back into the game. Elphin remained calm under pressure and closed out the set 25-20.

Despite the huge swing in the match in the second set Elphin also were aware of the qualities that their opponents had shown earlier and while they fought hard for every point in the final set, they found it difficult to put them under any sustained pressure. St. Flannans closed out the set and match 15-9.

Elphin will now face St. Brigid’s and St. Raphaels Loughrea in the next round and while none of these matches will be easy their aim is to achieve a top four finish and book a semi final place in this years competition.


Teams as follows: A. Shannahan, L. Kearns, C. Burke, H. Dowd, D. Main, C. Ryan, J. McCawley, H. Molloy, A. Gormley.


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TY Black Bag Challenge

TY students have been busy creating costumes from black refuse bags and scrap paper, cardboard, ribbons etc. They took up the challenge, to creatively engage in small groups with research, design and construction of a variety of outfits. They also  picked a student from each group to model.
Needless to say, there was a lot of fun along the way – particularly on photoshoot day! Very well done to all the students who worked so well and in the spirit of the challenge, to create some memorable designs!
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Pre-Leaving Trip to Italy

Our students accompanied by Ms. Prendergast, Mr. O’ Dowd and Ms. Wildy visited the Italian Lakes for four days last week. This trip was a well deserved break for hard work, great success and plenty of  fund raising during the previous Transition Year.

Departing the school at 2.00 am for early check in at Dublin airport, was a signal of the long days and hectic schedule to follow!

After landing at Milan, the group firstly visited the beautiful and historic port town of Sirmione. Following an afternoon of rambling through the narrow cobbled streets and eating delicious ice cream, it was time to depart for Garda on the tourist ferry. Jam packed, it  sailed via a number of picturesque port villages, to finally arrive over one hour later, leaving just a short while to explore before coach pick up for the hotel.

Giuseppe the bus driver, was a big hit with the students, as he kept the entertainment going with plenty of specially chosen music playlists!

The sights and views to, at and from the hotel were spectacular. The weather was pretty fantastic too for the duration of the trip. Excursions to Venice, Gardaland and Verona followed, until final departure on the fourth night. The bus back to school arrived at 3.00 am.

Our thanks and appreciation go to all students who were extremely well behaved throughout. This helped to make the trip so enjoyable and memorable. Also to NST travel group for looking after every detail, to such a high standard. In addition, James Feely (Parent of a student), who transported us to and from  Dublin airport, equally  deserves a big ‘thank you’ , for travelling so early in the morning to get us safely to our destinations. Finally, our appreciation goes to the school principal, parents and staff for support and help in  organising such a worthwhile and successful trip. And if anyone reading this article is thinking about travelling to this part of Italy – GO… you will not be disappointed!


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Junk Kouture Launch – 2019 competition

Our Junk Kouture team – HEADSPACE from Elphin Community College: Grace Kielty, Rachel Muldowney and Alan Costello were ‘over the moon’ when they were recently invited to launch the new national competition for 2019, at the Grand Canal, Dublin. As winner of best hair and makeup at last year’s Grand Final in the 3 Arena, they once again ramped up the style along with celebrities Louis Walsh and Doireann Garrihy.

Despite the rain, there was a great buzz of excitement in the air and plenty of attention garnered, when along with fellow winners, they literally brought traffic to a standstill!

The students were also joined by Luke Mc Evoy, a past pupil from Elphin Community College, who won the overall Junk Kouture competition in 2015. He also won The Scholarship Prize to study in Limerick School of Art and Design, where he is now a second year student. Luke has furthermore been

announced, as a Regional Judge for Junk Kouture in the Southern Region at UL Concert Hall in next year’s competition. Many congratulations to him.

Additionally, the students also received their prize of a €400 voucher, which is so richly deserved. Everyone in the school is immensely proud of both our JK teams and would like to also acknowledge the support of teams’ parents, who have been extremely generous with their time, to help make the experience so memorable. We would also like to thank Vanessa Kielty, a very talented young lady in her own right, who was immensely helpful to the team.


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Elphin has been nominated in the Bank of Ireland’s National EnterprisingTown Awards which aims to assist in the promotion of enterprise across the country by bringing business and community groups together to showcase to a panel of judges, the spirit of enterprise in their local area.

Judging took place on Thursday last in the Community Hall and there was a huge turnout of local businesses all showcasing their enterprises. Included in the presentation was a stand from Elphin Community College where Pre leaving certificate students showcased some of the various extra curricular work that the school has taken part in recently.

Afterwards the judges were brought on a tour of Elphin to visit the various locations and of course a visit to Elphin Windmill.

With over 30 monetary awards in total plus trophies (total prize fund €110,000) with the overall winning town or city village/area awarded €23,000 plus trophy and the significant title of Ireland’s Most EnterprisingTown.

The awards ceremony will take place in November. Fingers crossed for Elphin.

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Young Environmentalist Awards Programme

Susie Spratt the Youth and Education officer from ECO-UNESCO delivered workshops to 2nd year and Transition Year students in Elphin Community College. The students learned about sustainable development. They discussed issues such as global warming, climate change, inequality and interdependence. They learnt about how climate change affects developing countries disproportionately. They really enjoyed the interactive workshop and hope to enter the Young Environmentalist Awards.

A big thank you to Susie & Megan from #ecounesco who visited the school recently to encourage students to get involved with the Young Environmentalist Awards Programme.

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Term Dates 2018-19

School opening:

The school will open for 1st Years only on Tuesday 28th August 2018 at 9.00am for a half-day. Classes will end at 1.15pm. Students will meet their teachers and will be given their timetable.

Term Dates:

School Reopens:                                         Monday 27th August. STAFF ONLY

Tuesday 28th August:                                              1st Years 9.00-1.15. Staff Meetings 2.00-4.00

Wednesday 29th August (Full School day):       1st Years, 3rd Years and Leaving Cert Students

Thursday 30th August (Full School day):             1st Years, 2nd Years, 3rd Years, Pre-Leaving and   Leaving Cert Students

Friday 31st August (Normal Friday 9.00-1.15): All students except TY’s

Monday 3rd September:                              TY Commence. School as normal for ALL STUDENTS

Tuesday 11th September:                           TY Parents Induction (7pm)

Tuesday 18th September:                           1st Year Parents Induction (7pm)

Week of 22nd October:                                 Assessments for all Students

9th  October – 2nd November Inclusive School Closed for Midterm Break

School Open Night:             22nd November

1st year Enrolment opens on 22nd November (Open Night) 1st Year Enrolments capped at 40 Students for Sept. 2019

29th November:        Parent-Teacher Meeting: Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Students

6th December:         Parent-Teacher Meeting: Pre Leaving Cert and 2nd Year Students

Junior Cycle English Classroom-Based Assessment 2:

The Collection of the Student’s Texts – Friday 30th November 2018 Window for completion of the Assessment Task Monday 3rd – Friday 7th December 2018

Latest date for completion of Subject Learning and Assessment Review and for award of final descriptors by the teacher Monday 17th December 2018.

Junior Cycle Business Studies Classroom-Based Assessment 2:

Monday 12th November to Friday 7th December 2018

Assessment Task Monday 10th – Friday 14th December 2018

Latest date for completion of Subject Learning and Assessment Review Friday 21st December.


24th December- 4th January Inclusive School Closed for Christmas Holidays

Junior Cycle Science Classroom-Based Assessment 2:

Science in Society: Friday 7th December 2018 to Friday 25th January

Assessment Task Monday 28th January – Friday 1st February 2019

Latest date for completion of Subject Learning and Assessment Review Monday 11th February 2019

JC Visual Art Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1: From Process to Realisation Monday 7th January- Friday 12th April

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 10th May.

7th January                                                  JCT Staff Day. Students are not in school

10th January:                                                    Parent-Teacher Meeting: TY and 1st Year Students

Week of the 4th February:                           Assessments for Pre-Leaving Students

11th– 15th February:                                                Pre-Leaving Work Experience

Week of 11th February:                               Assessments for 1st, 2nd and TY Students

4th– 15th February:                                      Mock Exams for Junior and Leaving Cert Students


18th– 22nd February Inclusive School Closed for Mid-term break


JC Business Studies Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1:

Business in Action Monday 4th March – Friday 12th April

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 10th May


JC Science Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1:

Extended Experimental Investigation Monday 4th March – Friday 12th April

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 10th May.

Monday 18th March:                        Bank Holiday

Thursday 21st March:                      Parent-Teacher Meeting: Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Students

Tuesday 2nd April:                            In-Coming 1st Year Induction-Group 1 (9.45-3.30)

Tuesday 9th April:                             In-Coming 1st Year Induction-Group 2 (9.45-3.30)

15th– 26th April Inclusive School closed for the Easter Holidays

Period for work on JC English Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1:

Oral Communication Monday 29th April-Monday 20th May.

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 27th May.

Period for work on JC Modern Foreign Languages Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) 1:

Oral Communication Monday 29th April – Friday 17th May.

Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) must be completed by 24th May.

Monday 6th May:                  Bank Holiday

Monday 20th May:                TY Graduation

Thursday 23rd May:              Leaving Cert Graduation


School will close on Friday 31st May for Summer Holidays 2019

Please Note:

Where changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.

  • The school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 20th February 2019.


  • The school authority may reduce the length of the Easter breakby remaining open up to and including Wednesday 17th April 2019.  All schools will re-open on Monday 29th April 2019


  • CBA 1 relates only to 2nd Year Students


  • CBA 2 and Assessment Task relates only to 3rd Year students
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Well Being Trip

On Monday the 15th of May 1st 2nd and Pre-leaving students took a History trip to Dublin as part of well-being week. All the students took part in a Viking splash tour around various historical sites in  Dublin, afterwards the students had a guided tour of  Castletown house in Celbridge. We would like to thank the teachers that accompanied us on the day.

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1st Year Spikeball Bitz

TY students from Elphin Community College held their 1st year SpikeBall Blitz on Tuesday, the 15th of May 2018 as part of the TY Spike ball coaching course which is run by Volleyball Ireland. The TY students have been coaching the 1st years for the past six weeks. This day was an oppurtunity to show how much all students had improved over the last few weeks.

The blitz started at 10 am with the first four teams taking to the courts. There were 19 10-minute games in total. By 11 am, it was clear to see that everyone was enjoying themselves. Tension was also rising with each team hoping to make it to the Final. The two semi Final matches were held at 12 o’clock. Teams A, C, E and F had reached the semi Final. Team F had won their match with 15 points to 13 against team A, where team C won their game with 17 points to 14 against Team E. The atmosphere during the final match against teams C and F was tense, but very enjoyable.  These two teams had played each other earlier in the day, with a two point difference in the final score, which guaranteed that the final match was going to be a tight game. Team C won the final with 17 points to 16.

A huge well done to all students who participated on the day. Jessie Carmody from Volleyball Ireland was present at the blitz. She commented on how successful the day had gone and how well the 1st year and TY students had progressed. She also thanked Mr Noone for running the course. The TY students would also like to thank Glancy’s for donating the refreshements at the end of the day, which helped reward everyone for their participation.

Prizes were also presented by TY students to the players who they felt were the best team player, most improved and most co-operative.

TY Spike ball students that were involved were as follows

Mark Barron, Emily Keane, Ellen Tiernan, Paul Molloy, Lucy Fallon, Kelly Ames, Morgan Kearns, Alanagh Loftus, Jack Murphy, Kieran Beirne, Daniel Toop, Amina Traboue and Shauna Traynor

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